The government now owns 39% of CitiGroup, but that won’t affect Citi Field’s name, according to the troubled financial company and the Mets.
When the Wall Street Journal looked into the stability of the naming deal after CitiGroup was bailed out for the third time in 5 months, the companies had this to say, according to Newsday:
“Citi signed a legally binding agreement with the New York Mets in 2006,” a Citigroup spokesman said. “No TARP capital will be used for Citi Field or for marketing purposes.”
The Mets issued the following statement: “As it relates to the Mets’ partnership with Citi, nothing has changed.”
And the issue with most fans doesn’t seem to be so much the connection between the troubled company and the Mets, but moreso that Mets fans just don’t want the team to play in what could end up being the next Enron Field.
Not to mention that the new Yankee Stadium escaped just this situation by being called the new Yankee Stadium.
Why couldn’t this be the new Shea Stadium, or better yet, since it has a rotundra devoted to and of the same name, Jackie Robinson Field?
That would pay great tribute to one of baseball’s legends and be a field fans could be proud of.